Zombies Racing to Our Graves

Speed dials, instant messanger, cell phones, superfast computers, iPods, Palm Pilots, answering machines.  We always have to be talking to someone, writing an email, occupying each and every second of our time with some kind of activity.  They even have drive-thru funerals now.  Everything out there is to try and save time.  Try and fit as much in one day as possible.  Why?  So you can feel some false sense of accompishment?  There is no more reflection.  There’s no more pausing.  It’s all doing things and for the most part, we don’t even know why we’re doing them.  People who work really hard and never stop are looked upon as some sort of super-achiever, but his/her accomplishments mean nothing.  Because they’re doing shit they don’t even want to do. 

I like the concept though that people are too busy to be people anymore.  They’re more like robots or zombies.  I guess you could call them zombies racing to their grave.  Eventually, there might be drive-thru divorce courts.  That’s not a bad idea.  Get everything over with as soon as possible.  And then move on to something else.  And try and get it all over with again.  It’s a vicious cycle.  What are we doing this stuff for?  I mean, come on.  Tone it down a little.  Understand that doing nothing can be a reward once in awhile. 

Some inventions take up a lot of our time.  We try to work so hard to save time, and then most of us spend thousands of hours a year in front of the good old TV.  I am guilty of this from time to time.  Hours and hours, watching a box with people doing things that seem remotely interesting to me.  Sometimes I wonder about people.  Saving all this time up to watch Desperate Housewives while you unwind from your 22-hour day of errands, work, school, and exercise.  Some people say, “There’s not enough hours in a day.”  I say there’s not enough days in a weekend.  Why is laziness looked down upon.  Hey, I can tell you some amazing stories about how laziness can pay off.  And I can tell you that it doesn’t really require much skill.  It’s just sitting around, thinking about life, reflecting.  It’s not really lazy for the mind, but people who are busy, busy, busy, are so judgmental when it comes to seeing some guy not doing everything they’re doing.  It’s always, “I wanna do this, I wanna do that.”  Hold on a minute.  Kick back, relax, and breathe.

And it’s only going to get faster.  Pretty soon, we’ll be able to go shopping in 6.2 seconds, which will free up more time to do more stuff, none of which leads to our survival needs, which in turn destroy more of our time.  We are desperately looking for things to fill the gap between all the time we saved.  Eventually “burnout” is going to be a common word that happens every day to everyone.  What ever happened to imagination?  What ever happened to using our brains and our bodies, not just our bodies?  Are we on this planet to be some mindles autonomon or do we want to be something a little bit more?  I’ll leave it up to you.  This post has wasted too much of my time. 


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